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Students from diverse backgrounds invited to explore fellowship opportunities

Events planned for Jan. 16 to 19

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A wide array of fellowships and scholarships are available to undergraduate students from nontraditional and diverse backgrounds.

These opportunities will be highlighted Jan. 16 to 19 as part of Scholarships for Students from Nontraditional and Diverse Backgrounds Week, sponsored by the University Fellowships Office (UFO).

“The Fellowships Office is looking forward to once again collaborating with colleagues and establishing new partnerships across Penn State to provide information on fellowship opportunities for students from nontraditional and diverse backgrounds,” said Caitlin Ting, interim director of UFO.

“Following the success of last year’s events, we will be promoting funded opportunities for students of color; veterans and others considering careers in federal service; and the LGBTQ community,” continued Ting.

Programming kicks off with an information session offering a general overview of opportunities from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in 307 Boucke Building. Additional in-depth discussions will be held at events for the duration of the week.

Wednesday, Jan. 17: Info Session: Veterans and Federal Service

Students interested in pursuing scholarships in the federal government, including the Pickering, Payne, Rangell, and Boren Scholarships, can attend an information session from noon to 1 p.m. in 207 Hammond Building. Captain James Trexler from the Air Force ROTC detachment on campus will present some of the sponsored programs available to students in the ROTC and other internships at the Department of Defense. Mary Fisk from the Office of Veterans Programs will be on hand to answer questions for veterans seeking scholarships, as well.

Thursday, Jan. 18: Info Session: Opportunities for Underrepresented Minority Students

Opportunities for underrepresented, minority students will be at the forefront of an information session hosted from 4 to 5 p.m. in 307 Boucke Building. Information on fellowships and scholarships for Underrepresented Minority Students in STEM, Humanities, Sustainability, Agriculture, Conservation, and Public Policy-related fields will be featured. The session will also cover teaching and research opportunities for international students.

Friday, Jan. 19: Info Session: Opportunities for LGBTQ Students

An information session on scholarships geared toward LGBTQ students is scheduled for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in 308 Boucke Building. A representative from the LGBTQA Student Resource Center will offer advice for prospective applicants. 

All students from nontraditional and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to attend the week’s events in order to gain insight into these unique academic offerings.

The complete schedule for Students from Nontraditional and Diverse Backgrounds Week can be viewed at

To learn more about scholarships and fellowships opportunities, visit the University Fellowships Office website.

The University Fellowships Office is part of Penn State Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at

Last Updated January 17, 2018